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McLaren announces plans for new, bespoke car

McLaren Special Operations will build 106 cars (already sold) for 2019

Published: November 16, 2016, 10:00 PM
Updated: November 20, 2016, 5:21 PM

Bespoke McLaren design

McLaren has confirmed plans for a new car and you would be able to design it to suit your tastes, if you could get one.

McLaren Special Operations (MSO), the division responsible for bespoke customer purchases, has confirmed details for what the company is already hailing as the most exquisitely crafted and luxurious road-going McLaren to date.

The world’s first Hyper-GT (as the company is promoting it) is internally referred to as BP23, which reportedly stands for Bespoke Project 2 3-seater — indicating that like the original McLaren (the F1), it will feature a 3-seat cabin with the driver front and center, flanked by two passengers.

As with other McLarens, BP23 will feature dihedral (scissor) doors but for the first time, these will extend into the roof and be power operated.

“We are calling BP23 a ‘Hyper-GT’ because it’s a car designed for longer journeys, but with the high levels of performance and driver engagement expected of any McLaren,” said McLaren Automotive’s Chief Executive Officer, Mike Flewitt. “BP23 will borrow the 3-seat layout with the central driving position made famous by the iconic McLaren F1, and it will be housed in a streamlined, shrink-wrapped carbon fibre body of great elegance.”

The “hyper” moniker also designates the economy and power potential of the car’s hybrid powertrain.

“A hybrid powertrain will make it one of the most powerful McLarens yet created but the car will also deliver the highest levels of refinement, enabling significant journeys to be undertaken with up to three people aboard,” explained Flewitt.

As further tribute to the F1, only 106 models will be made (same as the original) and have already all been presold, even though design work has only just begun. Befitting the bespoke qualities of the car, owners will be able to select colour, trim and other personal attributes such as the switchgear.

The first cars are expected to be delivered in 2019, with further details, specs and equipment communicated closer to the launch date.